Trick or treat?
October 17, 2008 9:44am CST
Halloween is fast approaching. It is only one of two holidays where it is ok to pull tricks on friends and family (the other is April Fools Day). That's always been my favorite part of the holiday...those little tricks and the anticipation of the 'punch line'. I once had my bosses car hoisted onto a flatbed tow truck. When he was told and went flying outside to find out what was going on, he was told by the tow truck driver (who was in on the joke) that it was being towed for nonpayment of parking tickets. We let him panic for about 5 minutes, then none of us could keep a straight face anymore...he laughed the hardest. Do you like tricks or treats better? Do you have any favorite tricks that you've done, or had done to you?
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17 Oct 08
I've never heard of practical jokes like that being done on Hallowe'en, but I have heard of them on April Fools Day. The April Fools have to be done before 12 noon, or else they're invalid. As for the "Trick or Treat", I've heard of it two ways. Either the person shelling out the candy on Hallowe'en night insists the child(ren) perform a trick (like a dance or song) in order to receive a treat... OR... if you go to someone's home and they aren't shelling out treats, then you play a trick on them (but most of those "tricks" I've heard of aren't very nice... like throwing eggs at the home, or toilet papering their tree, or soaping their windows... all of which are things more likely to occur on Devil's Night... the night before Hallowe'en).